What inspires? What sparks creation?

There are as many answers to this as there are ideas. Leading clients through the ideation process is one of the several services we provide at Dawn. Often we use quotes to spark a discussion. We seek out quotes where the writer skillfully uses words to express and illuminate an idea in a powerful or provocative way. You’ll find some of our favorites here, including ones that have the power to alter a mindset. If you’re looking for a favorite author or a particular subject, use our search function to find these quotes from the illuminating nuggets we’ve collected.

Don't look at your feet to see if you are doing it right. Just dance.

Don’t look at your feet to see if you are doing it right. Just dance.

– Annie Lamott

Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. - Dwight Eisenhower

Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.

– Dwight Eisenhower

"Knowledge is learning something new every day. Wisdom is letting go of something every day." - Zen Proverb

Knowledge is learning something new every day. Wisdom is letting go of something every day.

– Zen Proverb

Believe that life is worth living

Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.

– William James

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.

– e.e. cummings

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Do or do not. There is no try.

– Yoda

The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.

The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.

– Muriel Rukeyser

I cannot make my days longer so I strive to make them better.

I cannot make my days longer so I strive to make them better.

– Henry David Thoreau

When you arise in the morning

When you arise in the morning, think about what a precious privilege it is to be alive. To breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.

– Marcus Aurelius

What is a weed?

What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Instead of complaining that the rose bush is full of thorns, be happy the thorn bush has roses.

– Proverb

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Be ready at any moment to sacrifice what you are for what you could become.

– Charles Dickens

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Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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We are the landscape of all we have seen.

– Isamu Noguchi

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He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.

– Friedrich Nietzsche

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If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.

– Jim Rohn

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Through judging, we separate. Through understanding, we grow.

— Doe Zantamata

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A person starts to live when he can live outside himself.

– Albert Einstein

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We go through life. We shed our skins. We become ourselves.

– Patti Smith

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Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.

– Maya Angelou

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